Why does Tanjiro have a Scar on his Head? Where did he get it – Explained

Why does Tanjiro have a Scar on his Head

One of the most distinctive features of Tanjiro’s appearance in Demon Slayer is the scar on his forehead. I’m certain that you have detected the fact that his scar undergoes subtle changes throughout the series. Be with us to know more about why Tanjiro has a scar on his head and the reason behind its changes.

Koyoharu Gotoge completed the manga and has answered queries and confirmed some popular theories. The upcoming answers contain spoilers for anime enthusiasts, but one’s curiosity must be satisfied.

Demon Slayer Mark: Why does Tanjiro have a scar on his head?

Why does Tanjiro have a Scar on his Head
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The current marking on Tanjiro’s forehead is known as the ‘Demon Slayer Mark.’ It is a tattoo-like birthmark that grants extraordinary abilities to the Demon Slayer who possesses it.

The Mark is linked directly to individuals who practice the Sun-Breathing technique, including (spoiler alert) Tanjiro Kamado.

The reason behind the mark’s appearance on Demon Slayers

Tanjiro’s Demon Slayer Mark is a mysterious symbol that manifests on the bodies of extraordinarily powerful Demon Slayers as said earlier. However, The mark’s true origin remains unknown and may never be revealed to readers.

  • Nonetheless, it is evident that certain individuals were born with it. For example, the First Sun Breathing user, Yoriichi Tsugikuni, had the mark at birth.
  • His brother, Kokushibo, stated in Chapter 177 that their father found the mark so unsettling that he was willing to kill Yoriichi.

Tanjiro’s Scar: Was it a birthmark or something else?

Tanjiro’s mark was not originally a mark, but a scar from rescuing his brother from a falling brazier. However, as he sets out to become the most potent Demon Slayer, his scar evolves into a mark.

Tanjiro scar on his head where did he get it
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Amane Ubuyashiki confirms that Tanjiro was the first to have the mark (as of now). However, with great power comes a curse – those who activate their Demon Slayer Marks passed upon turning 25.

Why does the Mark change during intense fights?

There are four notable stages of the mark in the storyline. The first form was the frayed patch of skin, and the second form emerged after his battle with the Hand Demon, transforming his scar.

  • It is said that the mark awakens after meeting specific criteria, such as enduring life-threatening conditions. Like maintaining a heart rate over 200 bpm and a body temperature of 39 degrees Celsius.
  • The initial mark can act as a catalyst, spreading to other Demon Slayers who meet the requirements through a process known as resonance.

Who are the other Users of Demon Slayer Mark?

Demon Slayer Corps
The Hashiras (Image via Ufotable)

During the Sengoku Era, Yoriichi Tsugikuni and some swordsmen who founded the Demon Slayer Corps possessed the mark. Tanjiro’s father, Tanjuro Kamado, is also said to have it.

In the main storyline, Tanjiro Kamado and the Hashiras, including Giyu Tomioka, Mitsuri Kanroji, Obanai Iguro, Sanemi Shinazugawa, Gyomei Himejima, and Muichiro Tokito, awakened their Demon Slayer Marks.



That’s everything to know about why Tanjiro have a scar on his head and where did he get it. What do you think about it? Do let us know in the comments down below.

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